|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Wood End (SP110719)|
|Via:||Solihull, Hampton-in-Arden, Meriden & Fillongley|
|Distance:||23.2 miles (37.3 km)|
|Meets:||B4101, A34, B4025, B425, A41, B4438, A452, B4104, B4098, B4112, A444|
|Route outline (key)|
The B4102 is a long, surprisingly rural B-road in the West Midlands.
It starts on the B4101 in Wood End and heads north, crossing over the M42 almost immediately. After going through Earlswood it enters the borough of Solihull and crosses the Stratford Canal. It continues north across the fields before finally reaching the urban area at Shirley Heath. The A34 is crossed at a roundabout and the road runs through the suburbs before reaching Solihull itself. It goes under the Birmingham to Warwick railway line before reaching, confusingly, the B4025 and B425 at consecutive roundabouts.
The B4102 and B425 cannon off each other and the B4102 goes east along Warwick Road through the town. This is the original route of the A41; the B4102 used the now-pedestrianised High Street and New Road. At a set of traffic lights the B4102 TOTSOs left (straight ahead is the B4025) back onto its original route. It meets the current route of the A41 at another set of traffic lights. The B4102 is not the road straight ahead but there is a short multiplex south before taking the next road east.
The road becomes semi-rural almost immediately. It goes through Catherine-de-Barnes, where it crosses the Grand Union Canal, and then meets the B4438 at a roundabout. It then goes over the M42 once more before going through Hampton in Arden. There appears to be a detour to the north through the village from the road's otherwise-straight route, although the classified road has always done this.
After crossing the River Blythe a roundabout is reached on the A452 and shortly afterwards the road enters Meriden where it crosses the B4104 (formerly A45) at a roundabout. In 1922 the B4102 ended here but it had been extended to its current length by the late 1920s. It leaves the village and crosses the current A45 before heading northeast, finally leaving the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull just before going under the M6.
The next village is Fillongley, where the B4098 (formerly A423) is crossed; that road has the priority at the junction. About a mile further on the road goes through another place called Wood End, then goes through Astley, after which a T-junction is reached. The road to the left is the B4112; the B4102 TOTSOs right to enter Nuneaton along Arbury Road. After crossing the Coventry Canal it turns right at a mini-roundabout to end at traffic lights on the A444 inner ring road.